‘At the end of the day, we’re not just tennis players’ – Roger Federer says spotlight is important too

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Since 1998, Roger Federer has been one of the handful of players who haven’t let injuries overshadow their game. However, it hasn’t been since 2020. The Swiss maestro has had three surgeries to date, most recently in August 2021 .

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Besides that, it is a well-understood fact that his age also plays a decisive role in his performance. Soon to be 41, Federer is probably near the end of his career. However, Federer recently opened up about the importance of the spotlight.

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Roger Federer on managing the spotlight

Talk to a media house, Federer starts with admitting, “Time will tell how I want to handle this, how often I keep looking for interest….I think about it now sometimes, but not often. My main goal is to know how to make my return to tennis. I work hard on it and I think about it every day,” he added.

Despite his injuries, the Swiss’ majestic aura hasn’t diminished. An example of this was visible during the centenary celebrations of Wimbledon’s center court. Even though center court featured a number of Wimbledon champions during the celebrations, the crowd rightly held up their loudest applause for Federer.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2022 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland are seen during center court centenary celebrations REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Taking the conversation further, Federer said: “How you feel and how you react after such applause and a standing ovation, I still don’t know in advance. Novak [Djokovic] also said that: many of us are nervous before such a parade. We don’t do that every day either, we never get used to it.

In addition to this, he added, “It remains uncertain, whereas it is enough to walk a little and say a few words. And I was quite moved, even though not everyone saw that.

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In his two-decade long career, Federer has hit heights in the game that remain untouched for the majority of players. However, with the odds stacked against him, as mentioned earlier, Federer is slowly heading towards the end of his career.

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DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning against Dan Evans of Great Britain on day three of the ExxonMobil Qatar Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, understanding the love and support of his fans, he added, “We never tire of such attention. This is why it is also difficult for many athletes to stop. Or why they keep playing demo matches. Because they like to perform.

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Being the fan favorite, he ended by saying: “Because at the end of the day, we are not only tennis players, but also artists, artists.”

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